I had a weekend wherein I was repeatedly reminded to treasure the time we have, and to take time to be with family and friends when the opportunity is given.
The Princess had her 8th Grade Dinner Dance Saturday night. Her middle school years are winding down quickly. This was the first of many celebrations. She’d gone dress shopping with her friend a few weeks back, and dress buying with her dad the week after. It doesn’t always hit me how grown up she’s becoming, but then I’ll see her all dressed up, and those glimpses I used to get way back when have become our reality. The big girl I would only see when she was in her recital makeup is now the girl I see every day. A boy asked her to the dance (the day before the dance). Another boy wanted to ask her to the dance. The only thought I had was, “I’m so not ready for this!” The neighbor boy across the street is also in 8th grade, at the same school, so we took them together. As we were taking their pictures, it felt like they’d just had their first day of Kindergarten.
Where did our babies go?
Very early Sunday morning, the Princess, Little Man, and I drove to Arizona to attend a golf tournament. The tournament was serving as a fundraiser for friends of ours whose son was recently diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, DIPG. He’s seven years old. We wouldn’t have missed being there to support our friends. Spouse and Big Man golfed in the tournament. We went for the family portion – lunch, games, silent auction, helicopter ball drop, and so on. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and so many people showed up to support this family. My heart ached though at the reason. All cancer is ugly. This one….I can’t even wrap my brain around it. Their motto has become #mostbestdays I’m trying to live that. It’s cliche, but there’s no guarantee you’re going to get a tomorrow.
After the tournament, we went to stay the night at my Daddy’s. We could have stayed at a hotel with the other families in town for the tournament. That would have been fun. But I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I have to spend time with Daddy and Mom. We had a really awesome night with them, laughing and talking, eating too much good stuff, and getting just a bit spoiled. Mom takes such good care of us when we’re there. Monday morning, we loaded up the cars and made the six hour drive home.
It was an insanely packed weekend, but I would change a minute of it. I’m treasuring time…..time with my babies, time with my family, time for my friends who are in need of love, support, and prayers.